When I was a kid one of the first things I ever learnt to make for myself to eat, apart from of course countless cakes and biscuits, was a salad that I recreated from Tootsies burger restaurant in Wimbledon village. They had the highly sophisticated, so I thought at the time, salad mix of red cabbage, grated carrot and most exciting of all – sweetcorn. I suppose that the influence had come from an American slaw, but to me it was revolutionary. And most exciting of all was there was a choice of four dressing. This was back in the day before the idea of “choice” was really embraced in restaurants. French Dressing, Vinaigrette, Blue Cheese or my absolute, total favourite Thousand Island Dressing. I loved the stuff! I still knock up “Thousand Island Slaw” as I have now named it using whatever I have at hand. My kids love it too!
Thousand Island Slaw
A selection of what you have to hand. I recon fresh sweetcorn would be lovely. Just boil the cobs and then cut down the husks to remove the kernels.
Pointed cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage etc. very finely shredded
Carrots, peeled and grated
Thousand Island Dressing
5 tbsp. mayonnaise
2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
Juice of half a lemon
Dash of tobacco
Mix up the dressing ingredients and adjust to your taste. Dress the salad and serve.